The Hepworth Wakefield Garden is open!
The Hepworth Wakefield Garden, designed by internationally acclaimed landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, is a beautifully landscaped garden free for all to enjoy.
As well as Stuart-Smith’s distinctive planting, there are outdoor sculptures by Lynn Chadwick, Sir Michael Craig-Martin, Barbara Hepworth and Rebecca Warren.
View a selection of images from June and July in the gallery below.
Tom Stuart-Smith’s design draws inspiration from its unusual setting between 19th-century red-brick mills and a 21st-century art gallery, edged by the River Calder. It echos the striking, angular shapes of the David Chipperfield-designed gallery while harnessing a naturalism that reflects Barbara Hepworth’s deep connection to the landscape.
Find out about the story of The Hepworth Wakefield Garden here.
Sculpture in the garden
Ascending Form (Gloria), 1958
The two diamond shapes in Ascending Form (Gloria) can be seen as representing natural forms, with the one growing organically out of the other, or as a reference to hands coming together in prayer.
One of her most frequently recurring subjects was the standing form, which she related to the feeling of a human figure in the landscape.
Pitchfork (Yellow), 2013
Sir Michael Craig-Martin
This 11ft yellow pitchfork stands tall amongst the trees in the garden. It is taken from a series of giant and brightly coloured painted steel sculptures that resemble commonplace objects.
Appearing like drawings in the air, Craig-Martin’s deceptively simple sculptures pose questions about the role that objects play in our everyday lives.
Hear Michael Craig-Martin describe his sculpture in this short film.
The Three, 2017
British artist Rebecca Warren personally chose to show her sculpture The Three within the new garden. Warren’s bronze works are created in clay, then cast in bronze and finally hand-painted.
Taken from a recent series of large human figures, The Three was selected for its subtle icing-like palette of blues and pinks, which offset the sculpture’s monumental scale.
Warren said: “It feels like a rare opportunity to have sculptures in this setting, especially in a garden that is open and free to the public. I’m looking forward to seeing my work in this beautiful context and to seeing how it is affected by the changing light of the different seasons.”
Dancing Figures, 1956
One of the leading sculptors of post-war Britain, Lynn Chadwick won the International Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale in 1956, making him the youngest ever recipient of the prize. The same year, he made Dancing Figures, a subject he returned to many times.
Struck by the impact on British culture of the ‘Teddy Boy’ youth movement in the mid-1950s, Chadwick wanted to create sculpture that possessed the swagger, menace and modernity of these young men. Sharp angles and jagged postures, inspired by the way the ‘Teds’ danced to the music of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley, create a sense of dynamic motion, despite being cast in bronze.
In bloom this month - September 2020
Pennisetum ‘Fairy Tails’
September sunshine sparkles through the fluffy flowers of this fountain grass. Pennisetum prefers a sunny spot with well-drained soil. As a perennial, deciduous grass the old foliage can be cut back in February or March each year before the plant sends up its new green shoots.
Miscanthus ‘Ferner Osten’
A vigorous perennial grass with tall narrow leaves and soft golden-pink plumes in autumn. Miscanthus quickly forms a big clump and provides beautiful structure long into the winter. It is a perennial that is native to Eastern Asia and the cultivar name, ‘Ferner Osten’ is German for Far East. As a tough-stemmed, deciduous grass with a dense crown, we cut it back to the base with a hedge trimmer in early March just before the new green shoots appear.
Eurybia x herveyii synonym Aster macrophyllus ‘Twilight’.
Covered in silvery, lilac flowers with yellow centres, this Michaelmas-daisy blooms from late-August onwards. Along with many plants in the Asteraceae family this perennial has recently had a name change and whereas it used to be called Aster macrophyllus ‘Twilight’, its new name is Eurybia x herveyii.
An excellent perennial for late summer colour this aster does not suffer with mildew which troubles some asters and it fills an area quickly. As winter comes the flowering stems will dry into dainty silver stars.
Origanum laevigatum ‘Herrenhausen’
This long flowering, richly purple perennial is an ornamental variety of the culinary herb oregano. The leaves don’t have the same herbal aroma as Oregano vulgare which we cook with, however this variety is very popular with pollinators. Rough wiry stems emerge in spring from a matt of glossy green leaves and from July onwards clusters of papery-pink flowers open from dark purple calyces. The species Origanum laevigatum is native to rocky areas in Turkey, Syria and Cyprus and so this plant likes a sunny spot with free draining soil and is well suited to planting at the front of a border.